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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Anna Kouanah <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:22:13 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: From: Anna Kouanah.
From: Anna Kouanah.
Abidjan, Cote d'ivoire
Peace Be Unto You
I am Anna Kouanah. the only child of late Mr.Kouassi Kouanah.My father
and mother were very wealthy farmers and cocoa merchant when they were
both alive.After the death of my father,long ago, my mother was
controling his business untill she was poisoned by her business
associates which she surffered and died.
Before the death of my mother on August 2009 in a private hospital here
in Abidjan where she was admitted, she secretly called me on her bed
side and disclosed to me about the sum of sIX million five hundred
thousand US dollars ($6.5 million ) she left in suspense account in one
of the bank here in Abidjan, it was the money my father was intended to
transfer oversea for investment before she was poisoned.She instructed
that I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice who
will assist me transfer this money in oversea account where the money
will be save and invested wisely.
Because of the current political problem here in Ivory Coast I decided
to transfer the money to abroad where it will be save and
invested.therefore,I am crying and seeking for your kind assistance in
the following ways:
(1) To provide a safe bank account into where the money will be transferred for investment.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am 21 years old.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further
my education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.
As soon as I receive your urgent reply indicating your interest to
assist me to successfuly transfer the money into your yet nominated
account,I would give you all necessary information you may require.I
have mapped out 20% of the total funds as mode of compensation for your
effort for assisting me with this request.
Expecting your urgent response,
Thanks as you come.